PBA: Ibeh after 33-point win over SMB: “This is our expectation”
Paul Lintag on Jun 05, 2019 10:12 PM
“We practice hard and we play hard. We feel like against Ginebra we lot one slip. This our mindset every game to beat our opponent and that’s what we did so it’s not surprising to me,” — Prince Ibeh.
If you ask Northport import Prince Ibeh about their 33-point romp against San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Cup Wednesday, he’ll tell you he’s not surprised at all that they won by that much.
Oh yes, the Batang Pier are a confident bunch right now and they expect to win games.
Against the mighty Beermen fresh from yet another All-Filipino title, Northport did just that. The Batang Pier won, rather convincingly even.
“This is our expectation,” Ibeh said of a strong 121-88 victory for Northport.
“We practice hard and we play hard. We feel like against Ginebra we let one slip. This our mindset every game to beat our opponent and that’s what we did so it’s not surprising to me,” he added.
With seven players in double figures, Northport squashed San Miguel from the second quarter onwards.
At one point, the Batang Pier led by as many as 36 points. Ibeh was solid once again for Northport, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
He feels he can still improve even though it’s not really his style and goal to score 40 points. Ibeh just wants to win.
“I still haven’t been playing to my expectations so I just keep trying to improve every game. I think my style of play is different from what people are used to from imports here in the PBA. I think everyone’s thinking that you have to come in and score 40, but there’s so much more to the game,” he said.
“I think it was a perfect match for me. I’m grateful to be on the team and I got good group of guys around me that let me stick to my strengths and focus on what I’m good at. I think we just mesh well together,” Ibeh added.
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